Bill abolishing controversial Road Board okayed

January 21, 2019

WITH an overwhelming 180 votes, the House of Representatives yesterday approved on third and final reading a bill abolishing the graft-ridden Road Board. 

It was former House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya, Jr., the new chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, who led the introduction of the new measure with “perfecting amendments” to the original House Bill (HB) No. 7436 of the Road Board bill.

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte appealed anew to the bicameral conference on the abolition of the Road Board to set aside a share of the MVUC collections for flood mitigation projects, particularly in Bicol, as had been committed by President Duterte.

Villafuerte reiterated his appeal over the weekend as the bicam panel is due this week to approve a consolidated bill that would abolish the graft-ridden Road Board and revert its multibillion-peso funds—generated from MVUC collections—to the General Fund, in keeping with the proposal by President Duterte no less.